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For as long as we can remember, the network attached storage world has been the domain of NetApp, previously called Network Appliance. For years, NetApp was the only game in town, and they did a good job of it. NetApp delivered a scale-up approach for network attached storage, and were pretty much the only game in town.
In 2003, Isilon came along and changed the game a bit. Offering a scale-out approach, Isilon was able to get over some of the performance issues that hampered traditional network attached storage as it grew capacity. Early adopters of Isilon liked the technology. So did EMC, which bought Isilon in 2010. The acquisition gave Isilon instant access to the EMC customer base, and conversely, gave EMC an entree into a part of the storage business they never had before (EMC had been all block storage, attached by Fibre Channel).
It’s commonly understood that the network attached storage market has lagged the block storage market as it relates to performance and innovation. Advancements like hybrid storage and All Flash Arrays were introduced into the block storage market quite a bit before finding their way into the network attached storage markets. Part of this may be because Fibre Channel has typically been a faster connection option when compared to iSCSI, but that is changing. In fact, many newer storage options are now introduced first with iSCSI connectivity. Of course, by now you’ve heard that software defined anything is the new big thing. There’s Software Defined Networking (SDN), Software Defined Storage (SDS), and Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC), to name a few. Qumulo is the next-generation of storage. It was formed in 2012 by engineers who developed the original Isilon platform. Their new product is so innovative that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, among others, have decided to back Qumulo.
Qumulo offers software, delivered via an appliance consisting of industry standard servers and storage. The product boasts performance improvements over NetApp and Isilon, as well as significantly simplified management of the storage environment.
Many market segments are big users of network attached storage. Some of these include Pharma, BioTech, Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment, Legal, and others. Users of the Qumulo platform have raved about the performance improvements, as well as a better pricing model when compared to NetApp and Isilon.
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